High school design overhaul approved

The Oak Harbor School Board has settled on a design and scope of work for remodeling and expanding Oak Harbor High School, and it appears the district may have some help in trying to turn those plans into reality.

The estimated $55 million combination of remodeling and new construction will need to be supported by the approval of a bond measure, which may go to voters as soon as March, 2003.

Community members Lynn Goebel and Joe Mossolino addressed the board at its meeting Monday night, and offered to organize public discussion on the remodeling and expansion of the high school, which may turn into a revival of Citizens for Better Schools, which Goebel and Mossolino worked on during 2000 and 2001. That group was successful in campaigning for voter approval of the March 2001 maintenance and operations and hot lunch program levies.

The initial step, Goebel said in a telephone interview on Tuesday, will be to hold a meeting, probably in early August, to share information with interested community members.

“People have expressed an interest to us,” Goebel said of community members who support a bond measure for remodeling and expanding the high school. “Let’s have a chat about what it’s going to take.”

While the school board took no formal vote on the timeline for an election on Monday night, most were in agreement to consider a March 2003 date. Goebel agrees with this time frame.

“Sometime in the spring of 2003 I would like to see that we run it,” Goebel said.

The board also informally decided on an option prepared by architect Carlos Sierra, who has worked with the district on other school remodeling projects. Sierra’s plan includes a finished high school that will consist of 53 percent remodeled and 47 percent new construction.

The plan, according to a report by Superintendent of Schools Rick Schulte, “pulls all the high school buildings together into a single structure.” It also adds a second floor to part of the building, a performing arts center, and sports playing fields and a classroom/bleecher complex.

Community members may go to the Oak Harbor School District Administrative Service Center at 350 S. Oak Harbor Street to view plans of the proposed remodeling and construction.

Anyone wishing to contribute ideas, suggestions or comments may call Lynn Goebel at 240-0530.

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